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03/02/2012 - 5:51pm
Sox sign RHPs Billy Buckner, Garrett Mock

According to an industry source, the Red Sox signed right-handed pitchers Billy Buckner and Garrett Mock to minor league deals. Both pitchers have been assigned to minor league camp.

Buckner -- who is not related to former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner -- spent last year pitching in Triple-A in the Rockies' system. He went 4-8 with a 6.03 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 52 walks in 109 innings, making 23 appearances (21 starts).

A second-round pick by the Royals in 2004, Buckner spent parts of four seasons in the majors, most recently in 2010 with the Diamondbacks. In 36 career big league games (21 starts), he is 6-11 with a 6.25 ERA, along with 6.7 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine innings. He was signed to compete for a starting job in the Sox system.

Mock, 28, was once considered a top pitching prospect by the Nationals, but he struggled in parts of three big league seasons in Washington. Despite strong strikeout rates (8.0 per nine innings...

03/02/2012 - 4:40pm
NFL says Saints had bounty program

According to The Associated Press, the NFL concluded after an investigation that the Saints had a bounty program over the past three years that paid players for their performance, with incentives created for injuring players on opposing teams. From the story:

The league disclosed the findings of an investigation Friday, saying between 22 and 27 defensive players and at least one assistant coach were involved. No punishments have been handed out yet, but they could include suspensions and fines.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is troubled because the system, "involved not just payments for `performance,' but also for injuring opposing players. The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity."

"It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of...

03/02/2012 - 3:15pm
Henry: Steinbrenner comments no surprise

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Asked if he was surprised by the comments by Yankees general managing partner Hal Steinbrenner that he is looking to scale back New York's payroll below the luxury tax level of $189 million by 2014, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said he was not.

"I think both clubs, the way things are structured now, had to look at your payroll. No doubt about that," said Henry.

The new Major League Collective Bargaining Agreement creates increased penalties for teams that repeatedly exceed the luxury tax threshold of up to 50 percent. Meanwhile, teams that go below the threshold for even one year have their tax rate reset to 17.5 percent.

Yet that might be only a secondary consideration in the efforts of both the Sox and Yankees to get below the $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014. According to multiple industry sources, the new CBA creates a significant incentive for teams to stay below that threshold in the form of...

03/02/2012 - 2:56pm
MLB announces playoff expansion in '12

Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced an agreement to expand the playoff field to five teams in each league starting in the 2012 season.

There will now be two wild card teams in each league; those two teams will play a one-game playoff to determine who will advance to the Division Series. In 2012 only, the top two seeds will travel to face the winner of the wild card playoff for the first two games of the Division Series, before the series shifts back to the home park of the higher seed for the final three games of the series. That '2-3' format was used from 1995-97, in the first three years of the last playoff expansion.

Starting in 2013, however, the Division Series will shift back to the '2-2-1' format -- in which the higher seed hosts the first two games of the series as well as a potential winner-take-all Game 5 -- that has been used for the last 14 postseasons. 

"I greatly appreciate the MLBPA’s...

03/02/2012 - 1:37pm
Varitek on M&M: Not mentally ready to coach

One day after formally announcing his retirement during a press conference at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., Jason Varitek joined the Mut & Merloni show to talk about his future, his captaincy and last year's disappointing finish.

Varitek said he hopes to remain with the team in some capacity, but it may take some time to determine an appropriate role.

"Obviously, I'd like to maintain and make sure that I am a part of the organization someway, somehow," he said. "Trading ideas of how that may transpire, we haven't gotten that far to where I can sit down and talk to Ben [Cherington] and get there. But there's desire on both sides to figure something out and for that to happen. I do love the game. And I do love the fact that I know that there's still a lot I can give to the game -- and learn from the game. But how that transpires, it's going to take some time. I still wanted to play. I've got to make sure that when I change...

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Curt Schilling - I would …

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